The Best of Congregationalism

Greg Strand – December 15, 2014 Leave a comment

In 1836 Judge William Gould led a movement at First Presbyterian Church, Augusta, Georgia, to buy their first organ.   It was a break with tradition.  In a congregational meeting, one member rose and demanded chapter and verse where the Bible authorizes “the worship of God with machinery.”  But the members voted for the organ, and Judge Gould was appointed to raise the money.

Soon after the Judge ran into Robert Campbell, a member who had opposed the organ.  Mr. Campbell asked the Judge why he had not asked him for a donation.  Gould replied, “I knew you did not wish to have the organ.”   “That makes no difference,” said Campbell.  “When the majority of the members of the church have decided the matter, it is my duty to put aside personal feeling and assist as well as I may.”

Narrated in David B. Calhoun, Cloud of Witnesses (Greenville, 2004), 40-41.

HT: Ray Ortlund

 

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

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